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Prajakta Pawar in Jaipur 02 May 2012 - 01:57am IST

There was no pressure on me: Negi

Delhi Daredevils spinner talks about his stellar performance against Rajasthan Royals

A medium-pacer who became a left-arm spinner after suffering from back pain, Pawan Negi spun the Delhi Daredevils to victory against the Rajasthan Royals at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium.

Bowling a dream spell, the youngster rocked Royals on the back foot with a four-wicket haul and conceding only 18 runs. Playing in his third game of the tournament, the 19-year-old took the game away from RR by dismissing four of their important batsmen.

In a brief post-match interview, Negi spoke to iplt20.com about his match-winning spell.

Excerpts:


On bowling to Rahul Dravid, who is one of the best players of spin

My only plan was to give him a single and attack on the batsman at the other end.

On which of the four wickets does he consider to be his best

I liked the Shane Watson wicket the best; the way he got bowled.

On whether Morne Morkel’s tight spell earlier had helped him

Yes that did help. Morne Morkel had bowled a very good spell. [...]

On what had Virender Sehwag told him when he was handed the ball

Viru bhaiyya had told me that both the batsmen play well through the cover region, so try not to give them a chance to play in that area, and keep the ball back of length.

On having to wait his turn to get a game and whether he felt the pressure to perform

There was no pressure; everyone was very supportive.

On coach Eric Simons

He has worked with me lot and he has taught me a quite a few things. And the rest of the supporting staff has also worked hard with me. And our captain, Viru bhaiyya, has also supported me a lot, and because of that I could perform well.

On the specific changes he has made

TA Sekar sir has told me a lot of things about bowling, and that has helped my bowling a lot. He has got me to change my bowling action a bit, and that has helped in my bowling.

On his batting

I do bat well in the middle-order. I can bat well enough to support the batsman at the other end. I hope to perform with the bat as well. I did get to bat in one match, but [I] was run-out.

On what he has picked up from the many good batsmen in the DD ranks

I have learnt the most from Viru Bhayyia. I learn from watching the way he plays his shots.

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